Hanson: "Merry Mount" excerpts/Fantasy Variations
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KHCD-2013-020FL (STEREO) - Hanson: Excerpts from "Merry Mount"; "Merry Mount" Suite; Fantasy Variations on a Theme of Youth (David Burge, piano) - Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra/Howard Hanson - Forgotten Mercury recordings, first reissued in the 70s on the Phonogram label ERA (Eastman-Rochester Archives). Hanson's 1934 opera Merry Mount depicts the outward conflict between Puritan and Cavalier colonists in New England, and the inward struggle between religion and carnal love in the breast of a fanatical Puritan clergyman. This CD includes the Suite derived from the opera, first recorded by Mercury on issued on the LP "The Composer and His Orchestra". The Fantasy Variations was written for the Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) centennial (1951), based on a theme from a concerto da camera for piano and string orchestra that Dr. Hanson wrote during his studies there. This CD was produced by customer request, with LPs provided by John Proffitt from his personal collection. CD cover, tray, disc art, track listing and performing personnel .pdf are included in the download.